PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT TOUR
JULY 27, 2022
ROCKET MORTGAGE FIELDHOUSE
By Neil Shumate, OOTB Publications
Rage Against The Machine (RATM) engaged a full house with a high-octane, fist-raising set Wednesday. After being rescheduled twice due to the pandemic (July 2020, Aug. 2021), the night had arrived for the reunion of RATM with their same lineup since forming in 1991.
Despite vocalist Zack de la Rocha having an injury—since the Chicago show—and being seated with his left leg in a cast, the frontman never staggered; his forceful rap-rock stylized fusion carried without hesitation alongside the funky grooves of bassist/backing vocalist Tim Commorford, the lethal thuds of drummer Brad Wilk and distinct, virtuoso guitarist Tom Morello. Fans roared and the pit opened with a stream of crowd surfers as Morello used his teeth as a guitar pick.
Pivotal hits from the LA band’s four breakthrough albums were performed, including: “People Of The Sun,” “Bulls On Parade,” and “Bombtrack.” Each track stands the test of time and is packed with memorable riffs.
Energetic hip-hop duo Run The Jewels (RTJ) opened the show with danceable beats and fun, resonating lyrics from El-P and Killer Mike.
Considering the tour’s artist’s activism and politically-charged lyrics, Rage’s first outing in 11 years comes at a prime time within a dismal era of political discontent. RATM have been donating portions of sales to local charities and foundations including reproductive rights organizations and distributions via WhyHunger.
The not-to-miss tour continues in the US until mid-August and will go overseas through September and returns to the states Feb. 2023. See tour dates here.
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